Glowing jewels water play!

Recently, we discovered the wonder that is jelly stones- thanks to the fantastic TTS Education. I could spend a small fortune on that site and when I was teaching it was a firm favourite of all the staff too. Do take a look it you’re wanting to stock up on play materials for the little ones.

Alongisde our Tuff Spot mirror and magnetic marbles, I couldn’t resist getting some jelly stones too, and we’ve been using them in lots of activities since.ย Jelly stones are a lot like waterbeads (used in lots of play, including our space themed sensory play activity) in that they absorb water and grow in size. The wonderful thing about jelly stones is that they grow a lot quicker (around 4 hours) and they can be mixed together to create new colours too. They vary in size and can be dehydrated and stored away for future use.

Regular readers will know that we’ve also been playing with submersible lights and that in my bid to teach colours to the toddler, we combined these lights with the jelly stones for some wonderful sensory play. So here it is- Glowing jewels water play!

glowing jewels water playThis is so simple to set up. Simply leave your jelly stones to soak, until they are the required size. Up to 4 hours should be fine. Fill your water table with warm water (always a lot nicer for little hands to play in when the weather is cool) and pop a towel underneath the table to catch spills and to stop the table from sliding. I popped a few water play bits into the tray also- pots, spoons, seives and mini fishing nets. Once it was ready, we turned on our submersible lights and dropped them into the water. The lights are colour changing and they look like little tea lights, which was a source of great amusement and curiosity for the children. The Toddler was convinced she could blow them out! They spent a fair while investigating them before moving on to the water.

glowing jewels water play- investigating the lights~ ghostwritermummy.co.uk

 

When we poured the jellystones into the water, the children immediately became immersed in their play. The Toddler spent ages scooping and pouring, and transferring pots of jellystones from one cup to another. We popped a light into one of the pots and quickly saw that the jellystones took on a new identity- they were glowing jewels!

glowing jewels water play- scooping and pouring~ ghostwritermummy.co.uk

With the lights turned out, the play became really magical as The Preschooler proceeded to create stories of magical pirates and hidden treasure with secret powers! As The Preschooler chattered away, completely immersed in his play, I seized the opportunity to talk to The Toddler about the different colours. As the jelly stones absorbed more and more water, they began to lose their colours completely (by the end of the session, they were completely clear, and invisible in the water!) but the submersible lights meant that they were able to take on those colours instead. As the lights changed I named the colours and prompted The Toddler to copy me.

glowing jewels water play- investigating colours~ ghostwritermummy.co.uk

 

Glowing jewels water play is such a wonderful sensory play activity for children. The ingredients are few but the potentials are many! The children loved feeling the jelly stones in their fingers, and the ever changing lights were a source of constant amazement. The fact that the little pots helped the stones to glow added to the sensory element. I recommend this activity is done with the lights turned out and the blinds closed for maximum effect! And allow enough time too- mine played all afternoon with this one!

glowing jewels water play- indulging the senses~ ghostwritermummy.co.uk

 


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24 Comments

    • ghostwritermummy
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      March 23, 2014 / 7:06 am

      Haha this was really fun! Definitely one they ask to play with again and again!
      x x

    • ghostwritermummy
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      March 24, 2014 / 7:38 am

      Yes, they loved having the lights out! We also put them in the bath later that day which was very exciting!
      x x

  1. March 24, 2014 / 6:53 am

    I am SO going shopping!! The submersible lights are fab. Off to find them now. Thanks for posting this, given me some ideas for first water play activities with the littlest one x
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    • ghostwritermummy
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      March 24, 2014 / 7:35 am

      Ah I’m so glad!! This was great fun- hope you manage to find a water table!
      x x

  2. March 24, 2014 / 11:52 pm

    Brilliant idea! I had never seen anything like this before. I am really glad you found my blog yesterday. I am now following yours! x Mel
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    • ghostwritermummy
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      March 25, 2014 / 8:18 am

      Ah thank you! We had such great fun with this- I love it when they discover new ways to play!
      x

    • ghostwritermummy
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      March 25, 2014 / 8:51 pm

      You know what, is really was therapeutic. And those lights are fab in the bath once the kids are in bed ๐Ÿ™‚
      x x

    • ghostwritermummy
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      March 27, 2014 / 11:50 am

      I highly recommend them!
      x

  3. March 26, 2014 / 10:13 pm

    I am so glad you linking this post up to Share With Me thank you! I have been looking for something like this to buy for my two to use and learn with. I am horrible at letting them get wet and messy and I need to start branching out and doing activities like this with them now that they are getting a little older. Although MM might still eat a few of them. lol Thank you so much I am definitely going to check this product out and get some fun activities lined up. Photos look fantastic too! #sharewithme
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  4. March 27, 2014 / 5:13 am

    those are awesome! I think that they appeal not just to kids too but big kids and well adults (mostly me) cuz they look nice. I can see why kids would love to play this. Shiny, bright and colourful. I would have want some for my toddler =)

    #sharewithme
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    • ghostwritermummy
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      March 27, 2014 / 11:51 am

      Oh yes, my eldest is 9 and she was just as engrossed when she got home from school ๐Ÿ™‚
      x x

  5. Michelle
    March 27, 2014 / 5:39 pm

    OMG! Love this idea definitely a must with my girls, thank you for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚ Great photos x

    • ghostwritermummy
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      March 27, 2014 / 9:21 pm

      We did have great fun- easy to set up too ๐Ÿ™‚
      x

    • ghostwritermummy
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      March 28, 2014 / 6:31 am

      Haha bless her! Bella is really into water play too and I like trying to find new ways to keep her interest.
      x x

  6. March 31, 2014 / 12:49 am

    Absolutely love the look of this! I hadn’t heard of jelly stones, off to have a look for them now ๐Ÿ™‚ #ShareWithMe
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    • ghostwritermummy
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      April 1, 2014 / 6:16 am

      Jelly stones are awesome! And they’re made in the US so I’m sure you’ll be able to get hold of them quite easily
      x x

    • ghostwritermummy
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      April 2, 2014 / 4:20 pm

      Hey lovely, the badge is on my sidebar at all times, is that ok? x

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